by Genevieve Mollitor
How many apples does it take to keep you warm? I think the answer can be solved with some simple mathematics and a personal understanding of your own height, mental age, weight and temperature. [(height in cm + weight in kg) / (avg temp – mental age)] * (hello kitty + 5 apples) = your ideal apple heat index. Once you discover said index, please sit yourself in a bath tub full of apples and wait for them to naturally decompose. The heat released during decomposition will make you feel so warm that you’ll be dreaming of days relaxing by the beach, watching seagulls steal fries from a sleeping man.
Or you can make yourself some delicious hot apple cider (the good ole spicy, non-alcoholic kind), but of course you can add some whiskey for that extra warm fuzzy feeling if you want.
How do you make hot apple cider?
1 liter unsweetened apple juice (Aomori has a great selection, choose your fav!)
1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
1/3 tsp cloves (whole or ground)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Optional : orange zest (to taste); honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup (to taste); black peppercorns (to taste)
*I find it sweet enough without any added sugars
tools: sieve or fill-your-own tea bag, 2 pots
- If using a tea bag, fill it up with the spices. If not, skip step 1
- Put all ingredients into a pot. Turn on stove to a medium-low heat and let simmer for 10-15min. DO NOT BRING TO A BOIL!!!
- If using a tea bag, remove the tea bag from the mixture. If not using a tea bag, strain the spices out by pouring the cider through a sieve into another pot.
- Ready to drink! (you can add some whiskey if you like…fireball and nihonshu also mix well)
- Feel free to adjust the amount of spices you put in each time to your own personal taste, I personally like a lot of cinnamon and would add more… for an extra kick, why not try adding a little chili pepper?
- When serving your drink, you can make it fancy by adding an orange slice or cinnamon stick to your mug/glass.
- If you really want to be extra, you can make spoon covered maple syrup rock candy to mix into your drink (also nice with tea). Heat up some maple syrup at a medium heat and stir until it gets nice and thick. Then remove from the heat and pour over some cold spoons (don’t use plastic!). Stick in the fridge or freezer for hardening. *put a sheet of cooking paper between the spoons and plate so the candy doesn’t stick*